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Averill Earls, PhD

I am a historian of sexuality and modern Ireland, the Executive Producer of DIG: A History Podcast, and an Assistant Professor of History at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. 

I earned my B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in History from the University of Vermont, and a Ph.D. in History from the University at Buffalo. My research focus is on sex between men, policing, and social biography in modern Ireland. I regularly teach courses on modern European and Irish history, gender and sexuality studies, and digital history methodology. I write about Ireland, sexuality, and teaching, publishing in academic and public history venues. I am also the Layout Editor for Nursing Clio, a host for the New Books in Irish Studies podcast, and have designed and constructed small-scale heritage museum exhibits for local organizations.​

won a Leadership in History award from the American Association of State and Local History in 2017 for my podcasting work on New York history. I've written and won several major NEH grants for my institutions (Mercyhurst University 2020; New York State Association of European Historian 2022). In 2021 I was awarded the Judith R. Walkowitz Article Prize for my 2020 article, "Solicitor Brown and His Boy." In 2023 I won an NEH Summer Stipend and a Gale-NACBS Digital Scholars Fellowship. My work has appeared on collaborative blogs like Nursing Clio and Notches, and I've been interviewed about podcasting by @AskHistorians, Buffalo Boss Babes, and AtBuffalo Magazine

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